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Old Today, 04:48 PM   #1
Join Date: September 18, 2014
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Pietta 1858 Remington front sight fell off.

Anyone else ever had this happen? I got done cleaning it and went to put it in the safe. Barely, and i mean barely, tapped the sight against a shelf and it just fell in the floor. Looks like it rusted/broke out. Is this common? Ive got it curing in JB weld right now hoping to remedy the problem.
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Old Today, 05:02 PM   #2
4v50 Gary
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Probably a bad soldering job at the factory. I would clean it up and re-solder it.
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Old Today, 05:10 PM   #3
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Idk how to go about soldering it sinc it sets into the barrel instead of on top. Unless you mean to get a bead in there and place the sight like i did with jb weld.
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Old Today, 06:30 PM   #4
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If you clean the parts well and flux, the solder will wick right into the joint once they reach temp. You don't put a bead in the hole, that will not work.

If you don't understand this, all you need to do is practice on some scrap metal parts until you get it. It's not rocket surgery, but it can be extremely frustrating for the uninitiated. If you have all the right stuff, then prep is the number one factor, closely followed by control of the heat.
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